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Delaware Lt. Gov. Matt Denn announced this morning his intent to run for attorney general in this year’s election. Denn will seek to succeed current Attorney General Beau Biden, who announced last week that he will not pursue a third term in order to run for governor in 2016.

“I’ve realized that the Attorney General’s Office would allow me to take a leadership role on some issues that are critical to our state, while still staying involved in the issues involving Delaware’s children that have been the core of my work over the last six years,” Denn said in a letter to his supporters.

Denn formally filed the paperwork to run for attorney general this morning, according to his letter. He was widely considered a favorite for the position after Biden’s announcement that he will not run for a third term as Delaware’s chief law enforcement officer.

“The attorney general … must be someone with the judgment, impartiality and will to prosecute and punish those who have violated the laws of our state,” Denn said.

Read more in an upcoming edition of Delaware Law Weekly.